Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of International Studies and Interpreting

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading research communities in the fields of diversity, interpreting, global development and international education, and its activities are characterised by extensive international cooperation. The Department offers bachelor’s degrees in development studies, interpreting and sign language, as well as a master’s degree in international education and development. The Department also offers a number of programmes for continuing education in diversity studies.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Socio-Legal Studies

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting at Oslo Metropolitan University https://www.oslomet.no/en/about/lui/ist has a vacancy for a fully-financed postdoctoral fellowship for two years and ten months. The position is part of the research project Riverine Rights – Exploring the Currents and Consequences of Legal Innovations on the Rights of Rivers that is financed by the FRIPRO Programme at the Norwegian Research Council. The project will investigate cases from New Zealand, Colombia and India, where rivers have been granted legal personhood, and the implications of these cases. The postdoctoral fellow will do research in one or more of the case countries.

Tasks and responsibilities

The post-doctoral fellow will be a full member of the project team, and will

  • carry out fieldwork in one or more of the case countries
  • contribute to the overall implementation of the research project
  • submit project research to academic publications, and communicate research to the general public
  • participate in research collaboration with national and international partners


Qualification requirements

  • Ph.D og equivalent degree
  • disciplinary background in the social sciences (including approaches from law)
  • relevant research experience from one or more of the case countries
  • ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in written form
  • a strong record of academic publication (relative to time after initiating Ph.D. research)
  • experience with dissemination of research findings


The following will be an advantage

  • experience of studying socio-legal issues, i.e. issues intersecting law and society
  • specialisation in one or more of the following interdisciplinary fields: environmental governance, environmental law, resource conflicts, indigenous rights, social theory of nature-society relationships, or other issues central to the project
  • proven ability to work independently and within a research team
  • experience with national and international research collaboration
  • strong language skills in relevant languages

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply if there have been periods when you have not been employed, enrolled in an education program or training.


We offer

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
  • the opportunity to take part in an innovative and exciting research project
  • a dynamic professional environment and unique professional network
  • stimulating work environment
  • loan and pension arrangements through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees
  • working location in downtown Oslo


Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.



The position is remunerated in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service and OsloMets salary policy 1352 Postdoc. The salary is NOK 523.200 – 682 200 per year, depending on level of competence / length of service.


The application

Qualified applicants with relevant background will be assessed by an expert committee. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the application deadline:

  • CV, references and all pages of your certificates/diplomas
  • complete list of scientific publications
  • Ph.D. thesis plus up to three additional scientific publications
  • a brief and tentative proposal for a research component that could be your responsibility within the project (max 2-3 pages)


You must upload all the documents in order for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language (CV and project description must be in English). All translations must be authorised. Original documents must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet checks all documentation to ensure that all candidates are given proper evaluation and to ensure fair competition.


Other information

For more information about the position (including the project description for the Riverine Rights project), please contact Professor Axel Borchgrevink, E-mail: axel@oslomet.no

If you wish to apply for the position, please do so via our application portal.

Deadline for applications: 24.03.2020


Ref.: 20/01916


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 20/01916
  • Axel Borchgrevink, axel@oslomet.no
Published 21.Feb.2020
Last application date 28.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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